Berry Banana Smoothie Bowl

This Berry Banana Smoothie Bowl recipe is my favorite new breakfast recipe. Not only is it easy to prepare, it’s filing, fast and filled with healthy raw ingredients. I am trying to consume a lot of immune boosting ingredients right now. Strawberries are packed with fiber, vitamins and a high level of antioxidants. Using strawberries in smoothies and smoothie bowls adds color and great flavor to your recipes.

Blueberries are also a great immune boosting fruit. One cup of blueberries has four essential nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese. Now is a great time to be enjoying them because they are in peak season. I always have bananas in my kitchen. Bananas are high in vitamin B6. This vitamin is needed to keep the immune system functioning properly.

Smoothie bowls have so many health benefits. Read on, and you’ll see why I love them so much.

  • Smoothie bowls contain all-natural ingredients. Most of the ingredients are raw, so they are packed with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants.
  • They are made with natural superfoods that are high in fiber. This aids in digestion and keeps you feeling full longer.
  • Many smoothie bowls contain anti-inflammatory ingredients.
  • Smoothie bowl recipes are loaded with vitamin C, which may help boost the immune system.
  • Many smoothie bowls include dairy products and other ingredients that are rich in calcium, which helps improve bone density and prevent osteoporosis. If you use nondairy milk, make sure to purchase one that is fortified with calcium.)

This smoothie bowl recipe is one of 200 of my recipes in my latest cookbook 200 Best Smoothie Bowl recipes. Recipe courtesy of 200 Best Smoothie Bowls by Alison Lewis © 2016 www.robertrose.ca  Reprinted with permission. Available where books are sold. Image credit: Colin Erricson

Blueberry Banana Bread with Greek Yogurt

Over the weekend, I made this Blueberry Banana Bread with Greek Yogurt. It was an absolute hit! No mixer is need for this recipe. Grab the kids and ask them to help. Start by adding all of the ingredients except the blueberries in one bowl and stir. Then, fold in the blueberries and pour batter into a prepared pan.

I like to make this recipe the night before so it’s ready for breakfast the next day. My kids love this bread for breakfast, dessert after lunch, for an afternoon snack or dessert. If you’re a fan of this recipe, try my No Mixer Banana Bread Recipe too (pictured below). Have a great week everyone!No Mixer banana bread

5 Healthy Mother’s Day Recipes

Pomegranate Berry Smoothie Bowl Recipe

For Mother’s Day this weekend, I am sharing five  healthy Mothers Day recipes (all smoothie bowls) starting with this Pomegranate Berry Smoothie Bowl. These recipes are all easy, healthy and filled with raw, sweet fruits just in time for spring and Mother’s Day. Happy Mom’s day to all of you moms out there and have a great weekend!

Most of these recipes are in my latest cookbook, 200 Best Smoothie Bowl Recipes published by Robert Rose Books.

Berry Yogurt Bowl on Ingredients, Inc.

Berry Yogurt Smoothie Bowl

Pomegranate Tea Smoothie Bowl on Ingredients, Inc.

Pomegranate Tea Smoothie Bowl

Greek Yogurt Smoothie Bowl on Ingredients, Inc.

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Watermelon Tropic Smoothie Bowl on Ingredients, Inc.

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Overnight Apple Pie Oatmeal

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Everyone loves oatmeal at my house, so I thought I would make my life easier by making this Overnight Apple Pie Oatmeal. With only 5 minutes of preparation time, this tasty breakfast is a ready when you wake up in the morning (the kitchen smells amazing too). Feel free to use your favorite apples and add honey, nuts, flaxseed or dried fruit to top off your morning oatmeal, but it’s also so good on its own. I used my new slow cooker below, which is my favorite new culinary toy. It’s so cute, useful and inexpensive too!

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Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

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For breakfast or an afternoon snack, this Fruit and Yogurt Parfait is our newest favorite! We have been also snacking on freeze dried fruit. So what exactly is freeze dried fruit?  Say hello to Fruttata freeze dried fruit.  In case you’re not familiar, the crisps are created via freeze drying , the process of removing moisture from food through a dryer at -40°F. Made from the freshest fruits, Fruttata is the ultimate, tasty ingredient to incorporate into your favorite recipes.  These also make wonderful snacks, but also work great in this Fruit and Yogurt Parfait recipe.

Lemon Feta and Parsley Egg Cups

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Hi Everyone!  This is Mona, I’m so excited to be contributing to Ingredients Inc. I hope you’ll enjoy this easy breakfast recipe I’m going to share with you today!

Breakfast is super important for our daily nutrition. But I am really tired of simple cereals every morning.  If you have the same issue with me and want to try something easy, healthy and fun, stick to this recipe for Lemon Feta and Parsley Egg Cups. This dish can provide you the dietary fiber and gain the strength and energy to carry you through a hectic morning.

Filled with egg, cheese and prosciutto, this egg cup is also very delicious with spring flavors, and looks super cute!  (Some of the ingredients below are from food brand Alexia )

Pancake Yogurt Breakfast Bites

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We are already in our second week of school. Can you believe it? No matter what age your kids are (mine are 13, 15 and 17), school mornings can be hectic. I needed a healthy back-to-school breakfast recipe that was going to make my kids smile in the morning, so I came up with these Pancake Yogurt Breakfast Bites using Kellogg’s Mini Pancakes. The frozen food aisle has become my best friend lately with so many fabulous items that are a great value and allows the busiest of people to be creative in the kitchen. Don’t forget that there are a variety of different cuisines represented on this aisle, including options that cover snack-time, breakfast, lunch, dinner, entertaining and specialty food occasions. With back to school schedules and fall activities, this aisle makes my life so much easier (and sometimes less expensive). This breakfast recipe is just a start. Feel free to add your favorite toppings such as Nutella and sliced bananas (see below)  to make something new for breakfast, an afternoon snack or dessert. For more recipes using frozen foods, fruits and vegetables see Easy Home Meals.

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Light, Delicious Breakfast Idea: Blueberry-Orange Muffins

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It’s hard to believe that my three kids rarely ever eat cold cereal for breakfast. Maybe, it’s because I spoil them (most likely my fault). I love new breakfast ideas that are great for breakfast on the go (our mornings are pretty hectic). These Blueberry-Orange Muffins are ideal because they are easy to make, so healthy and yummy, and they even make a great afternoon snack. Feel free to use cranberries instead of blueberries and all-purpose or whole wheat flour.

Pecan Waffles

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For breakfast this weekend, I am making Pecan Waffles. My daughter, Leigh, is away at camp, and I miss her so much! She is the one in the family always wanting to make waffles. She pulls out the waffle iron and makes the batter on her own (she even made them on live television). I don’t always use the powdered sugar and butter, but maple syrup is almost all you need with this delicious recipe (and Leigh wouldn’t have it any other way). 

Healthy and Easy French Toast for Mother’s Day or Spring Holidays

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We love French toast at my house. We make it just about every Sunday. I developed a healthier version, and this recipe is great. It uses maple syrup or agave nectar, egg whites, a touch of cinnamon and whole grain bread to produce an awesome Healthy and Light French Toast. You can also slice the bread into thin sticks to make French toast sticks (kids love this). Enjoy during the week or weekend and on holidays such as Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and Father’s Day.